Malene Rydahl

Malene Rydahl, born in Aarhus (Denmark), is a former executive in corporate communication and currently a writer, speaker and executive coach specializing in happiness, well-being and management.

Malene Rydahl
Malene Rydahl at OECD 2017.jpg
Malene Rydahl talking at OECD (Paris, 2017)
Born1975
Aarhus, Denmark
NationalityDanish, French
OccupationWriter, speaker, executive coach
Websitehttp://www.malenerydahl.com

She is the author of the book Happy as a Dane, initially published in France by Grasset (Heureux comme un Danois)[1] in April 2014. The book has been translated and published in more than 12 countries including in the United States, published by Norton. Her second book Le Bonheur sans illusions has been published by Flammarion in France in September 2017. Her third book Je te réponds... moi non plus ('To reply or not to reply') has been published by Flammarion in France in February 2020.

After the publication of her first book, Malene Rydahl was given the honorary title of Goodwill ambassador of the city of Copenhagen. In 2018, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an honor given by the French state.

Life and careerEdit

Malene Rydahl worked 18 years in the corporate world as an executive in corporate communication before starting a career as a writer, keynote speaker and executive coach.

After 6 years as a manager and executive at Bang & Olufsen in France, she joined the advertising agency Les Ouvriers du Paradis (WPP group) as the account manager of Le Bon Marché (LVMH group). She then joined Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and was the group's director of corporate communication for the EAME region until 2015.[2]

Malene Rydahl has a degree in international business strategy from the Niels Brock business school of Copenhagen.

Her professional career qualified her as one of the "24 women of 2012" according to the French weekly magazine L'Express.[3]

Alongside her work at Hyatt, she started a career as a writer and keynote speaker specialized in happiness and well-being, using the case study of Denmark, her native country, regularly at the top of international rankings on happiness. She explores why Danish employees are some of the happiest in the world, and the positive impact of happiness on economic results. She wrote Heureux comme un Danois ("Happy as a Dane") published by Grasset in France in April 2014.[4][5][6][7] The book became a best-seller and was awarded the Prize for the Most Optimistic Book in the same year.[8][9] It has since been published in the United States, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland and other countries.

Since 2015, Malene Rydahl is a full-time writer, keynote speaker and executive coach. She graduated from the prestigious school of coaching Manning Inspire in Copenhagen.

As a speaker, Malene Rydahl takes part in various events organized by international corporations, public institutions and non-profit organizations on happiness at work and management practices.

Among other interventions, Malene Rydahl was invited in February 2016 by Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the OECD, to present her work to the organization's experts.[10] She has also spoken at the École nationale d'administration – France's national school for the highest civil servants – and she gave a TEDx talk at the INSEAD business school in Singapore in 2015.[11]

During fall 2017, her second book Le Bonheur sans illusions has been published by Flammarion in France.[12] In it, she questions the link people assume between happiness on the one hand and money, power, beauty, fame and sex on the other hand.

In August 2018, she was part of the official delegation of the French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit to Denmark. On that same year, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an honor given by the French state.

In 2020, she published a third book, titled Je te réponds... moi non plus ('To reply or not to reply') and released by French publisher Flammarion,[13] in which she examines "non-response", a social phenomenon that has exploded with the ever growing possibilities of digital communication in our lives (emails, instant messaging, social networks ...).

Besides, she is a lecturer at the prestigious French business school HEC Executive Education and at Sciences Po Paris where she teaches about the Danish leadership model. Since 2021, she is Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group specialized in well-being and performance.

Other commitmentsEdit

Malene Rydahl was part of the advisory committee at the creation of the Positive Economy Forum[14][15] led by French economist, writer and public servant Jacques Attali and under the sponsorship of the President of France. She supports Europe Tomorrow,[16] a French social start-up which aims at mapping local social and environmental innovations across Europe, by being a member of its advisory board.

She is Goodwill ambassador of Copenhagen since 2014. She is also an associate of the Danish startup 42° Raw,[17] a healthy 100% plant based fast food concept. The company has 4 restaurants in Copenhagen.

BibliographyEdit

  • Heureux comme un Danois, Grasset, 2014
  • Le bonheur sans illusions, Flammarion, 2017
  • Je te réponds... moi non plus, Flammarion, 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Heureux comme un Danois | Editions Grasset" (in French). Grasset.fr. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ Virginie Jacoberger-Lavoué (5 November 2012). "Malene Rydahl piste l'excellence" (in French). Valeurs actuelles. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Les 24 femmes de 2012 – L'Express Styles". Lexpress.fr. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Les Danois : pourquoi sont-ils les plus heureux du monde ?- 5 mai 2014". Obsession.nouvelobs.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Solidarité: il était une fois... la réalité | Malene Rydahl". Huffingtonpost.fr. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "La Cité du Livre : Malène Rydahl, auteur de " Les 10 clés du bonheur : heureux comme un Danois " (Grasset) – vidéo dailymotion". Dailymotion.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Le Prix du Livre Optimiste 2014 est décerné à… | Ligue des Optimistes de France". Fr.optimistan.org. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Remise du prix du livre optimiste 2014 à Malene Rydahl (vidéo CECA)". YouTube. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Malene Rydahl: "What the Danes can teach us about happiness and living better lives" - OECD Observer". m.oecdobserver.org.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biQGa89O5O4 Malene Rydahl at TEDx conference (Nov. 2015): "Planting seeds of happiness"
  12. ^ Rydahl, Malene. "Le Bonheur sans illusions de Malene Rydahl - Editions Flammarion". editions.flammarion.com.
  13. ^ "Je te réponds... Moi non plus de Malene Rydahl - Editions Flammarion".
  14. ^ "Positive economy". Lh-forum.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Malene Rydahl – Positive Economy Forum Le Havre 2014". YouTube. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  16. ^ "The continent of social innovation". Europe Tomorrow. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  17. ^ "42Raw". 42Raw. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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